Effective logistics: the forward base system
To control its logistics, Scapêche set up forward bases, strategically positioned according to the boats' fishing zones. There are three of them :
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The forward bases are thus very close to the Scapêche boats' fishing grounds and their needs.

They make it possible to reduce constraints in terms of technical support, as well as logistics (unloading, available airports, transporters, etc.).

They also mean the boats do not need to return to their home port in Brittany each time, which helps to reduce our carbon footprint.


The Lochinver forward base and the race against the clock


 

Lochinver is a small place in the north of Scotland, in the heart of the Highlands. It has about 400 permanent inhabitants and an emphasis on everything to do with landing fresh fish. French, Spanish and Faroe Islanders are regular visitors. Our boats stop there once a week to land their catch, rotate crews and take on supplies of food, spare parts for fishing gear and empty containers for storing fish on the next voyage.

All the supplies come from the company headquarters in Lorient, where the boats' orders are handled by the purchasing department and taken to Lochinver by lorry. The arrival of supply lorries at Lochinver is timed to coincide with the arrival of the boats. Boats and lorries often arrive at the quayside at the same time! Once all the landing operations are complete the lorries head for the fishing port of Lorient with their precious cargo. They will arrive in Lorient a day and a half later and during the 1,500 km journey the "Scapêche" fish will take to the sea once more, when they cross the Channel by ferry from England to the Normandy ports of Cherbourg or Caen. 

  Crews are rotated each time the boat comes into Lochinver. The crew is relieved in thirds, by air. A seaman stays on-board for 3 weeks and therefore makes "3 voyages" for one week of rest on shore.

It takes about 2 hours from Lorient to Inverness Airport by air, plus another 2 hours by road to Lochinver. The plane from Lorient and the seamen from Lochinver often arrive on the tarmac at Inverness Airport, near the famous Loch Ness, at the same time. It takes about twelve hours for our boats to carry out all the operations detailed above. If you add the 36 hours it takes for the lorries to reach Lorient that makes 48 hours, and it is after these 48 hours that the fish will be sold in the auction in Lorient.

By comparison, it would take 72 hours for the boat to reach the port of Lorient under its own steam. The  saving in terms of fuel consumption is considerable. Under this system the fish also get to Lorient much sooner. This saving is not inconsiderable when it is borne out on the consumer's plate. As for the boat, it has long since returned to fishing.